Real World Speed
Performance profile from 86,926 user samples
77,780 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 78% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 42% 9GB free
Poor: 42% Great: 78%
SPEED RANK: 184th / 984
9,146 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 544GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 702GB free
Poor: 69% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
60.6 % 96.3 % Much faster effective speed.
+59%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
113 MB/s 176 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+56%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
97.9 MB/s 160 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+63%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.75 MB/s Faster random read.
+15%
0.65 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.95 MB/s Faster random write.
+27%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.7 MB/s 155 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+75%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.38 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+90%
0.2 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
151 MB/s 206 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+36%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 187 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+46%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.51 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+37%
1.83 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
124 MB/s 180 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+45%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+108%
0.25 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,813,508 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1 % Hugely higher market share.
+122%
0.45 %
Value
Value For Money
34.8 % 105 % Hugely better value.
+202%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 82 % Much more popular.
+44%
Price
Price (score)
$50 Much cheaper.
+37%
$79
Age
Newest
96 Months 17 Months Hugely more recent.
+82%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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The WD Black (2010) is not a great performer, at least not in today's market. With peak sequential read/writes of 162/129 MB/s the Black lags particularly at writing. In terms of small file random 4K performance things are a little better with peak read/writes of 1.21/2.7 MB/s but these figures still lag the current group leaders and place the 2010 version of the WD Black well below average. A direct comparison to the 2012 WD Blue shows that the newer Blue not only outperforms on nearly every single benchmark but also costs less. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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Intel Core i7-8700K $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88
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